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Leadership and Scholarship

Scholarships and Grants

Gold Award Scholarships

  • Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians Scholarships – Eight $500 scholarships recognizing overall achievement.
  • The Katy B. Hill Scholarship – One $750 scholarship recognizing the highest academic achiever among applicants.
  • The Mary Bob Clinton Scholarship – One $750 scholarship recognizing the highest service achievement among applicants.

Who can apply? Graduating Girl Scout Ambassadors who have received the Gold Award.

How to apply? Application for 2017 scholarships will be available soon.

Joyce Maienschein Leadership Grant

Joyce Maienschein began volunteering with Oak Ridge Girl Scouts in 1957, and by 1965 she was leading Troop 69. "Ms. M's" leadership was unique and nationally recognized. She encouraged Troop 69 to apply for and use grant funds to lead important projects and gain leadership skills.

Under Ms. M's leadership, Troop 69 created and implemented numerous impactful service projects, several of which still exist in some form. Additionally, Troop 69 was the only American troop to ever receive the International Walter Donald Ross Award, given to "the most outstanding troop in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts."

In 1978, Maienschein was awarded the Juliette Low World Friendship Medal by GSUSA in recognition of her outstanding efforts to extend opportunities for international understanding through Girl Scouting. In 1994, she founded the Girl Scout Museum at Daisy’s Place and directed it until moving to Arizona in 2009. The museum remains a vital part of GSCSA. This grant is funded by donations honoring long-time volunteer Joyce Maienschein’s legacy in Girl Scouts.

Who can apply? Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls or troops who are working on Take Action projects, Silver Award projects, or Gold Award projects.

How to apply?
Application packet
Final Report 

For more information, please contact Amanda M. Johnson at or the volunteer co-chairs, Patty Cook (865-481-3099) and Gail Yook (865-408-2591).

Teen Travel Grant

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors can apply for a grant of up to $500 to put toward council-sponsored trips and GSUSA Destinations.

Both girls in troops and individually registered members are eligible to apply for this grant once per year. Applications are due annually on Nov. 15 and Mar. 15. The grant cannot be used for troop trips.

Who can apply? Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors who want to travel

How to apply? Application. Submit by Nov. 15 and Mar. 15.